Letter provides "no answers" about missing headteacher

The letter sent home to parents of children at Perry Wood Primary School

The letter sent home to parents of children at Perry Wood Primary School

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PARENTS have received a letter from the academy in charge of Perry Wood Primary School saying it is "unable to give more detail" about its missing headteacher.

A mother of a child at the school said the letter "did not tell them anything" about why Ange Beddow had not been seen in the school since the middle of December.

It is the first time the Griffin Schools Trust has acknowledged that Mrs Beddow is not at the school after anxious parents contacted your Worcester News concerned about the lack of information from the trust, which sponsors the school on St Albans Close.

But the letter has done little to answer any of their questions.

It said: "The head teacher is not in school at the moment.

"We are unable to give more detail at the present but as soon as we are able we will do so."

It went on to say that the day-to-day running of the school would not be affected and that Tracy Kelly-Freer would be leading the school during Mrs Beddow's absence.

It continued: "She and other teachers are not able to answer questions but governors and GST (Griffin Schools Trust) will inform parents as soon as it is possible to do so.

"We ask for your trust and understanding at this time."

Political reporter Tom Edwards spoke to education secretary Michael Gove on his recent visit to the city to demand answers about why parents have been left in the dark by the academy.

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3:42pm Tue 21 Jan 14

jb says...

"We ask for your trust and understanding at this time"

All parents want to know is why the head teacher is not in school, why is there all this cloak and dagger nonsense? Parents would understand if the absence is through illness, bereavement or personal circumstances, I'm sure they don't want details just a reason. It appears that this trust has just made the situation worse sending such a bland letter out.
"We ask for your trust and understanding at this time" All parents want to know is why the head teacher is not in school, why is there all this cloak and dagger nonsense? Parents would understand if the absence is through illness, bereavement or personal circumstances, I'm sure they don't want details just a reason. It appears that this trust has just made the situation worse sending such a bland letter out. jb
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5:03pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bigboobzbeans says...

..who cares why shes off ,is it personally affecting your childs ability to lean..no I doubt it ?..its obviously a personal matter that she no doubt wants to be kept private cant anyone these days keep there nose out of peoples business because I doubt its of genuine concern , its just to be nosy,,sorry !
..who cares why shes off ,is it personally affecting your childs ability to lean..no I doubt it ?..its obviously a personal matter that she no doubt wants to be kept private cant anyone these days keep there nose out of peoples business because I doubt its of genuine concern , its just to be nosy,,sorry ! bigboobzbeans
  • Score: 6

5:10pm Tue 21 Jan 14

starley says...

Has anyone stopped to think of the logistics of this?

Hypothetically, in some cases staff are absent due to illness, bereavement or personal circumstances and in other cases they are subject to investigation. Should it be a case of investigation, unless it is already public knowledge, it really wouldn't be fair to breach privacy and give a run down to the parents, especially if any allegation proved unfounded.

Additionally, if it is illness,bereavement or personal circumstances, we should again protect privacy. Obviously, the school could say something drab about how there are unfortunate circumstances, but actually, that would be unfair to anyone who was investigated in future because if the school has set a precedent. If they explain for one circumstance and not the other, it becomes pretty obvious very quickly as to which it is based on the level of information.

By not talking about it at all, the school/trust are maintaining privacy for whichever of the reasons and quite rightly, we are none the wiser as to which it is. The fact of the matter is that the school is still running, the children are still there, being taught, by teachers who are still there. There is someone working as the Acting Headteacher. If at some point the trust turns around and says Ange Beddow is no longer headteacher, I believe that they will then need to explain themselves. But lets not jump the gun.
Has anyone stopped to think of the logistics of this? Hypothetically, in some cases staff are absent due to illness, bereavement or personal circumstances and in other cases they are subject to investigation. Should it be a case of investigation, unless it is already public knowledge, it really wouldn't be fair to breach privacy and give a run down to the parents, especially if any allegation proved unfounded. Additionally, if it is illness,bereavement or personal circumstances, we should again protect privacy. Obviously, the school could say something drab about how there are unfortunate circumstances, but actually, that would be unfair to anyone who was investigated in future because if the school has set a precedent. If they explain for one circumstance and not the other, it becomes pretty obvious very quickly as to which it is based on the level of information. By not talking about it at all, the school/trust are maintaining privacy for whichever of the reasons and quite rightly, we are none the wiser as to which it is. The fact of the matter is that the school is still running, the children are still there, being taught, by teachers who are still there. There is someone working as the Acting Headteacher. If at some point the trust turns around and says Ange Beddow is no longer headteacher, I believe that they will then need to explain themselves. But lets not jump the gun. starley
  • Score: 10

12:53pm Wed 22 Jan 14

presterjohn says...

I see Michael Gove has manged to not get to the bottom of it at all. Nearly two weeks have passed since he made that claim. How long do a couple of phones take to make in Westminster?
I see Michael Gove has manged to not get to the bottom of it at all. Nearly two weeks have passed since he made that claim. How long do a couple of phones take to make in Westminster? presterjohn
  • Score: 1

6:30pm Wed 22 Jan 14

GroovyChick says...

What does it matter why she is not there, as long as it is not affecting your childs learning ability. If you you were offf work for whatever reason would you want everybody to know. Its none of your business really
What does it matter why she is not there, as long as it is not affecting your childs learning ability. If you you were offf work for whatever reason would you want everybody to know. Its none of your business really GroovyChick
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